We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Featuring Damien Sneed

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

 

We Shall Overcome is a celebration of African-American music and the civil rights activists who have been inspired and electrified by the tradition. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together gospel and spirituals with jazz and Broadway tunes. The production is led by Damien Sneed, a conductor and composer whose unique understanding of these genres allows him to fluidly cover much musical ground. From Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals, it’s an evening of music that shows the lineage of these Civil Rights visionaries is still with us today.

Pre-performance talk on gospel music and Horace Clarence Boyer in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. by Stephanie Shonekan, chair of the UMass W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.

$35, $25, $15; FAC Club Seating: $70; Five College Students and Youth 17 & Under: $10
Under40TIX become available for this performance January 10, 2020
This event is eligible for Card to Culture discounts
Appropriate for all ages
 



Free Community Sing-A-Long Event

Monday, January 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 North Maple Street, Hadley, MA.
Featuring the cast and choir of We Shall Overcome. RSVP on Facebook or contact yvonne@umass.edu for more information. 

 

 nefa        This performance is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

  

Curriculum connections: American History, Multi-Cultural, Public Speaking, Reading, Self-Esteem, Character
Development, Biography
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Sponsors:

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 
 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
The iconic dance company returns to UMass Amherst for an unforgettable evening of movement, music, and culture. Recognized as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” for 60 years the company has shared amazing work by Ailey himself and over 90 other choreographers. This performance will feature a mixture of new work as well as the critically acclaimed Revelations. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.